Apartment Characteristics Positively Affecting Improvements Ratings

Property attributes – characteristics positively influencing a rating – vary in degree of importance as: highly significant; important; and moderately important, defined as:

Highly Significant Positive Attributes

Characteristics given the highest degree of importance in assessment of property improvements ratings include:

  • Excellent quality of construction reflected in: Exterior finishes, floor systems, sound transmission loss between apartments; energy efficiency.
  • Unusually large unit sizes
  • A mix of one bedroom and two bedroom/two bath floorplans
  • Higher than standard (above 8') ceiling height
  • Very attractive, complete recreational amenities
  • Presence of unusual apartment interior details (i.e. built-in shelving or desks; attachment to a high speed data transmission line) crown molding; ceramic tile flooring; unusual lighting...
  • Attractive kitchen finishing detail, such as: Upgraded appliances (i.e., "black front" or "glass front" ranges and dishwashers; self-cleaning ovens; ice makers in refrigerators; two stage, energy efficient, dishwashers); upgraded kitchen countertops (polished granite, Corian, ceramic tile.); hardwood cabinetry...
  • Private balconies and patios/more than one balcony or patio per unit
  • Unusually large size of balconies or patios
  • Presence of washers and dryers – or at least washer/dryer hookups (inside the apartment is preferable to patio or balcony location)
  • Upgraded flooring – hardwood floors; ceramic tile flooring in kitchens and/or unit entries
  • Attractive architectural design
  • Enclosed garages; attached enclosed garages are better yet
  • Private, (or semi-private) unit entries

Important Positive Attributes

Attractive attributes important to determining improvements ratings, include:

  • Bath finishing detail is attractive (i.e. ceramic tile tub enclosures; two sinks in master bath; upgraded lighting; shower doors are glass)
  • Covered parking
  • Inclusion of eight-foot sliding glass doors accessing a balcony or patio
  • A highly landscaped appearance
  • Walk-in kitchen pantry
  • Inclusion of fireplaces as an option
  • Outside bulk storage facilities – accessed off balconies or patios
  • Microwave ovens
  • Inclusion of living area ceiling fans
  • Bath detail is complete (i.e. built-in mirrored medicine cabinet; built-in vanity; double sinks); tub and shower enclosures are ceramic tile
  • Presence of parking availability beyond code requirements

Moderately Important Positive Attributes

Positive factors of least importance – but considered – in determining improvements rating include:

  • Individual metering of electric utilities
  • Bedroom ceiling fans, or wiring for ceiling fans
  • Effective use of waterscaping
  • Presence of a tennis court, sport court, volleyball court, or racquetball facilities
  • Pitched roofs (finished in concrete tile or wood shingles is superior to composition shingles)
  • Covered parking is made available beyond one space per unit